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Members of the Lakeside Middle "Charlie Rape Gang" faced Columbia County Juvenile Court Judge Doug Flanagan Wednesday on charges of simple battery.

Two 'rape gang' members expelled from Lakeside Middle

The boys still will face a school system hearing officer

Posted: February 29, 2012 - 1:25pm  |  Updated: February 29, 2012 - 5:40pm
Lakeside Middle School Principal Felicia Turner testified in Columbia County Juvenile Court Wednesday on the actions of the "Charlie Rape Gang".  Jim Blaylock
Jim Blaylock
Lakeside Middle School Principal Felicia Turner testified in Columbia County Juvenile Court Wednesday on the actions of the "Charlie Rape Gang".

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A Columbia County Juvenile Court judge on Wednesday expelled from school two members of a Lakeside Middle School group calling themselves the “Charlie Rape Gang.”
The three other “gang” members will be allowed to return to school, Juvenile Court Judge Douglas Flanagan decided during a detention hearing in Evans. All the boys were released to their parents.
Schools Superintendent Charles Nagle said Wednesday afternoon that all five still will appear before a hearing officer, who adjudicates school-related offenses involving pupils and has the authority to expel. Nagle didn’t say in an email when the hearing will take place.
“Judge Flanagan’s recommendation will certainly carry a strong consideration for their disposition,” he said.
The three 13-year-olds and two 12-year-olds are accused of grabbing or pushing down and “dry-humping” unwilling classmates at the school. All five were charged with misdemeanor simple battery in Juvenile Court.
“I have concerns when people push other people down or knock them down and take advantage of them,” Flanagan said. “That’s a form of bullying.”
On Feb. 14, a teacher at the school overhead some pupils discussing the gang. School officials met with the boys’ parents and they were suspended for two days.
A parent of a victim reported the incident to police on Feb. 18, claiming her son described the boys “knocking down both males and females and jumping on top of them and humping them.”
Columbia County sheriff’s Investigator Brian Jones testified at the hearing that one of the boys is accused of attacking one classmate, while each of the other four are suspected to have done the same thing to three or five classmates.
“It wasn’t every one of them at every time in every situation,” Jones said. “It was basically started more or less as just a joke. ... It was just kind of hump their leg or something like that.”
Jones said the “game” started between one of the boys and a South Carolina boy visiting his home. The name Charlie Rape Gang developed after one of the boys had a dog named Charlie rub on his leg at a ballpark.
During a Columbia County school board meeting Tuesday, Kristy Golden said one of the boys attacked her son in the school’s hallway and “made sounds like dogs make.”
The incidents mostly occurred in locker rooms and bathrooms, but also a few times in hallways and classrooms, Jones said. None of the victims claim the incidents involved genitalia, nudity or damaged property.
Attorney Bill Fleming, who represented the boys at the hearing, said the incidents were “dry-humping or simulating pelvic thrusts, fully-clothed, with other kids they went to school with.”
Three of the boys have no disciplinary histories.
Lakeside Middle Principal Felicia Turner testified Wednesday that two of the boys, both 13, had prior disciplinary issues.
“They were in a fight and just some disrespectful behavior at school,” Turner said.
Flanagan said they were not allowed to return to school, but could opt to attend the alternative school.
Parents of all the boys who attended the hearing were upset and said their sons made immature, bad choices.
Jennifer Rose, parent of a Lakeside Middle pupil, said she approved of Flanagan’s decision.
“This behavior is absolutely unacceptable, and I think Judge Flanagan’s message to both the offenders and their parents will resonate with them for a while,” she said. “I’m also very glad to know some of these kids will have to go to school somewhere else. I just hope their criminal skills aren’t honed in the process.”

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coachb

justice for the victims

What the school system failed to do - the legal system stood up - now send the other three to alternative school

BR

Riverman1

Judicial Review?

Interesting that we now have judicial review of school administrator decisions. This is a Marbury v. Madison like thing. Should we also apply this principle to elementary schools? Assault is assault...right?

Chad

Set the Example

I can remember when kids were scared to death that their parents would get notified by the school for their behavior. Spanking the child in school was the norm for fighting or other such behavior. Yes that was in elementary school too. The first time the boys were punished and only got 2 days suspension was like a vacation for them. You just rewarded bad behavior with a micro vacation.

Many parents are either afraid of their kids or want to be their buddies. Parents are not their friends or buddies, we are the kids mentors, Guidance councilors, and yes disciplinarian. It not always fun being the bad guy. If you feel bad about correcting little Johnny you need to look at your life and decide who is in charge the kids or you.

stillamazed

Gang?

These young men all need to be punished and ashamed. First of all being in a gang is not something to be proud of not to mention a gang that uses the word RAPE in their title. I certainly hope that none of these young boys parents tried to make excuses for them. They need to buckle down on their behinds now before it is to late or one day they may be committing rape for real. All states need bullying laws in my opinion.

SocialBias

Exaggeration.

What you all fail to understand is that these are CHILDREN. At no point does the board or Juvenile Court say that they have explained to these young minds the severity of what they were doing, or how it is deemed socially unnacceptable.

A 30min hearing, irrate biased parents, and ill-representation on the students part does not constitute these kids on being guilty for anything less than, making "Juvenile decisions."(Similar to popping bra straps, or "Nut-checking")
"Marking" these students for the rest of their life, and subjecting them to this "Harassment" is far worse than anything they have done. You adults need to talk about ways to help these kids, not persecute them. All of these students deserve a second chance at life.

SBias

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